Quotes on Democracy

Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How’s that again? I missed something.Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let’s play that over again, too. Who decides? — Robert A. HeinleinThe tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state controlled police and the military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. Not for nothing was the revolver called an ‘equalizer.’ Egalite implies liberte. And always will. Let us hope our weapons are never needed –but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny — Edward AbbeyDemocracy extends the sphere of individual freedom; socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and...

Quotes on Law

The law of self-preservation is higher than written law. — Thomas JeffersonThe prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this. — Albert Einstein, My First Impression of the U.S.A., 1921I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, two men are called a Law Firm, and three or more are called a Congress. — John AdamsThe more corrupt the state, the more laws it has. — TacitusYou can’t legislate morality; We legislate little else. — Robert BorkThe Judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. — Thomas JeffersonWhere...

Quotes on Firearms

The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He who has nothing, and belongs to another, must be defended by him, and needs no arms: but he who thinks he is his own master, and has anything he may call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself and what he possesses, or else he lives precariously and at discretion. And though for a while those who have the sword in their power abstain from doing him injury; yet, by degrees, he will be awed into submission to every arbitrary command. Our ancestors, by being always armed, and frequently in action, defended themselves against the Romans, Danes and English; and maintained their liberty against encroachments of their own princes. — Andrew FletcherThe congress of the United States possesses no power to regulate, or interfere with the domestic concerns, or police of any state: it belongs not to them to establish any rules respecting the rights of property; nor will the constitution permit any prohibition...

Quotes on Morality

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pleasures and pains of his species must become his own. — Percy Bysshe ShellyI have often thought that morality may perhaps consist solely in the courage of making a choice. — Leon BlumThere is … only one categorical imperative. Is is: Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that is should become a universal law. — Immanuel KantUnder a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also in prison. — Henry David ThoreauBeware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil. — Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus LongIn nothing do humans approach so nearly to the gods as doing good to others. — CiceroIt is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions. — AristotleModeration...

Quotes on History

History teaches us many things; we learn very few of them. — Will SpencerOn every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed. — Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823, The Complete Jefferson, p322.Wise men say, and not without reason, that whosoever wished to foresee the future might consult the past. — Nicolo Machiavelli, The PrinceThe farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. — Winston ChurchillYou need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence — Charles...

Quotes on the Militia

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. — Patrick HenryThe power of the sword, say the minority of Pennsylvania, is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for the powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust...
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